Pictured in the back are intermediate second place winner, Bethany Bender, first place place winner Abi Johnson, third place winner Luke Johnson. The senior second place winner Blake Vert, third place winner Mikaela Bender and first place winner, Caleb Johnson. In the front are junior third place winner, Jake Pike, second place winner, Tucker Vert and first place winner, Kaeylnne Schwab. Photo submitted

Blindman Valley 4-H Club members take the stage

4-H Public speaking winners

On February 3, the Blindman Valley 4-H Club had their Public Speech Day in Bentley at the Blindman Valley Ag Centre.

A total of 21 brave 4-H members took the stage and entertained, educated and challenged the audience and judges with their personal prepared speeches.

For many 4-H members this was their first time getting up in front of an audience to deliver a prepared speech and later on an impromptu speech. The club was fortunate to have seven judges from our community volunteer their time to judge the speeches.

In the junior division Kaelynne Schwab placed first, Tucker Vert placed second and Jake Pike placed third.

The intermediate division challenged the judges and finished the first round with a three-way tie between Abi Johnson, Luke Johnson and Bethany Bender. To break the tie, the three individuals did an impromptu speech with the topic “I am a mad scientist-this is my new invention.”

All three did a great job and in the end Abi Johnson finished first, Bethany Bender finished second and Luke Johnson placed third. In the senior division Caleb Johnson finished first, Blake Vert finished second and Mikaela Bender placed third.

The members who placed first and second will go on to speak at the District level on February 24 at Lincoln Hall. At the end of the speeches, the judges gave some great advice and tips to the club members on how they can better deliver their speeches in the future.

A special thank you goes to our distinguished judges: Joan Dickau, Bryan Wiese, Jason Hazlett, Carla McCann, Carolyn McLaren, Heidi Baumbach, and Neil Maki.

This club is continually grateful to the people in our community who volunteer their time and resources to help make this a great 4-H season.

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